The 6 Best Dehumidifiers of 2022

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The 6 Best Dehumidifiers of 2022

With heat and humidity on the way, we tested six dehumidifiers to help you find the best one to keep your home dry and comfortable this summer. The models we looked at — all leading, well-reviewed, Energy Star-certified models — all performed as advertised, bringing our test space to a comfortable humidity level quickly, quietly and efficiently. But after exhaustive testing in a suburban home and basement, we found two great dehumidifiers with better usability and ergonomics to help you manage the humidity in any space in your home.

1 TOSOT 4,500 sq ft Energy Star Dehumidifier

TOSOT 4,500 sq ft Energy Star Dehumidifier

One of the biggest benefits of the TOSOT Energy Star Dehumidifier is that it runs almost silently, making it ideal for bedrooms. It is also an Energy Star rated dehumidifier that helps bring down electricity usage—and costs—compared to other brands. With a 2-gallon reservoir and easy-to-program buttons, and digital readouts on top of the dehumidifier, you can remove approximately 50 pints of moisture a day from the air. Smaller models are also available at a lower price that can remove 20 or 35 pints per day.
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2 hOmeLabs Energy Star Dehumidifier

hOmeLabs Energy Star Dehumidifier

hOmeLabs Energy Star Dehumidifier can maintain humidity in spaces up to 4,500 square feet. It can also help dry out wet or damp areas that may have had a pipe burst or water leak that needs to dry up quickly.The dehumidifier sits on four-wheeled casters and can easily be rolled from room to room. It has a 1.8-gallon reservoir that can remove about 50 pints of moisture per day.
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3 Pro Breeze Electric Mini Dehumidifier

Pro Breeze Electric Mini Dehumidifier

This Pro Breeze Electric Mini Dehumidifier can remove about one pint of moisture from the air throughout the day, and it stores that moisture in a removable 3-pint capacity reservoir. It’s built for bedrooms because it can cover spaces up to 250 square feet.Using thermo-electric cooling, this dehumidifier doesn’t use a compressor.
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4 Waykar 2000 Sq. Ft Dehumidifier for Home and Basements

Waykar 2000 Sq. Ft Dehumidifier for Home and Basements

This Waykar Dehumidifier not only lets you set the digital humidistat, but you can also program the timer for automatic shut-offs, customize your use options, and change the fan speeds. This humidifier covers 2000 square feet and can daily pull about 34 pints of moisture out of the air that can either be drained from the 2.5-liter capacity reservoir (complete with a “full” indicator LED light on the front of the dehumidifier) or can be auto-drained with the included 6.5-foot hose.
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5 Eva-Dry Electric Petite Dehumidifier

Eva-Dry Electric Petite Dehumidifier

The Eva-Dry Electric Petite Dehumidifier is very quiet, cost-effective, and can run continuously on 22 watts of power. It’s also portable, weighing only 3.5 lbs, and it can hold two cups of water. The water reservoir is clear, so you can check the level at a glance, and an LED light on the front of the dehumidifier will also tell you when the reservoir is full. A dehumidifier of this size is perfect for small office cubicles, musty closets, or humid laundry rooms.
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6 Frigidaire High Efficiency Dehumidifier with Built-in Pump

Frigidaire High Efficiency Dehumidifier with Built-in Pump

The Frigidaire 35 Pint Dehumidifier captures dust from the air for a cleaner, more comfortable home environment with with a Easy-to-Clean Washable Filter and Custom Humidity Control for maximized comfort. Front loading bucket with carrying handle and splash guard makes cleaning hassle-free.
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How We Selected the Dehumidifiers

The Institute regularly tests home appliances including dehumidifiers. When we test dehumidifiers, we choose only condensing models since they remove far greater quantities of moisture from the air than desiccant models (which use a water-absorbing material) or thermoelectric dehumidifiers (which use an electric charge to “attract” humidity).

In our evaluations, we rate features, noise level and efficiency of operation. We also look at ease of use, including portability, operation, controls and the removal and emptying of the bucket.

How Do Dehumidifiers Work?

These devices have been around for over 100 years, yet the initial concept hasn’t changed much. Dehumidifiers work by sucking air in, stripping it off the moisture, and letting it back out dry. When shopping for a new dehumidifier, you can choose between refrigerants and desiccants. Just like the name suggests, refrigerants work by freezing air until the moisture turns into liquid water.

Next, the air travels through a hot compressor, warms up, and flows back into the room. Absorbers, in turn, are built around water-holding materials like silica gel. They remove every single drop of water from the air that’s been sucked in and dry it out. So, yes, the concepts are quite different, but the results are the same: dry, easy-to-breath air. You will, of course, need to have the devices on for most of the day; otherwise, humidity levels will go back up rather quickly.

Capacity: Square Feet and Pints

When scrolling through the available dehumidifiers online or at a local store, always keep the size of your room in mind. For example, if it’s a small 500-sq. ft. bedroom, a dehumidifier with low capacity (10–20 pints of water removed per day) will be more than enough to keep moisture levels at bay. If it’s a bigger room (up to 1,500 square feet), go for 30–40 pints. Larger spaces that reach 2.5K sq. ft. will need a much stronger dehumidifier with 50–60 pints.

Do you live in an area with above-average humidity levels? Then add at least 10–15 pints or 20–30% after calculating the room size to make sure the device will be effective. Double that if the levels are close to the extreme (70–80% humidity). A washer, open windows, and multiple people living in the same room will each raise the recommended capacity further by 5 pints. And what about houses with living rooms, dining rooms, and kitchens separated only by open arches?

In that case, we’d recommend investing in a whole-house dehumidifier system instead of just getting a single portable device.

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